Considered the father of American holistic medicine, Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) was in many ways an ordinary man. He was a husband, father of two boys, a photographer by trade, and a Sunday school teacher. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and gardening. When Cayce was a child he reported being visited by an angel who asked him what he wanted to do with his life. He said he wanted to help people, especially children. Cayce learned early on that he had a special talent, which he was often ridiculed for.
What made Cayce extraordinary was that he had the unique ability to put himself into a self-induced trance state and answer accurately, virtually any question put to him. The answers to the many thousands of questions, from politics to cancer, came to be known as “readings.” But Cayce was a humble man, above all. When asked about the information he provided he said this knowledge came not from him but rather through him from the Universal Consciousness or, what most of us refer to, as God. Interestingly enough, when physicians and researchers tested this material, it was found to be 100 percent accurate when followed as instructed.
In his lifetime, Cayce’s secretary Gladys Davis recorded over fourteen thousand readings which are now archived in a library in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the Association for Research and Enlightenment, which Cayce established in 1931. Thus, Cayce’s legacy lives on today and people from all over the world study his readings.
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